ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships - Education Ref: 2873

About the award

The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2018-19. Within the SWDTP, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in the disciplines of:

  •     Education
  •     For eligible UK/EU students the full time studentship will cover fees and an annual Research Council stipend of approximately £14,553 (2017/2018 rate) for up to three years (+3 award) or four years (1+3 award).

For the 1+3 studentships we would require you to register initially on one of the following Masters programmes:

MSc Educational Research

  •  For the +3 studentships we would require you to register on a PhD programme in one of our disciplines with the aim of conducting research in an area that aligns with the work of the ESRC.

Academic entry requirements:

Applicants for a +3 award should have:

  • completed, or be due to complete an ESRC-accredited or an equivalent research Masters* with a significant element of research training. Applicants may be asked for further information to determine the relevance of the content covered.

*  An equivalent research Masters is defined as including significant social sciences research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods elements. The transcript will need to show that a minimum of a third of the taught stage of your programme entailed research methods elements. For students who have undertaken a Masters outside the UK we will look for appropriate equivalencies. All awards are subject to ratification by the “Awards and Ratification Committee”, who shall have the authority to reconsider the equivalence of any Masters awards.

  •  achieved a current average grade of their Masters (at the point of application) normally of at least Merit (60%) grade. Successful applicants must ultimately achieve BOTH an overall average of at least 60% combined for all components AND at least 60% for the dissertation component as a condition of their funding.

Holders of Masters degrees that are not considered equivalent (as above), must apply for the 1+3 award.

In the case of a 1+3 application, continuation of funding from the ‘1’ stage to the ‘+3’ stage of the programme will be subject to achieving 60% across the taught units / modules AND 60% for the dissertation component.  Students who fail to achieve these conditions may have their funding terminated and may be required to refund any money paid to them during the PhD portion of the programme.

Residency entry requirements:

These studentships will be funded by the ESRC and are available to UK nationals and other EU nationals who have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship. If you meet the criteria, funding will be provided for tuition fees and stipend. If you are a citizen of an EU member state and don’t meet the residency requirement you will be eligible for a fees-only award. For further guidance about eligibility please refer to the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.


Application deadline:30th January 2018
Value:£14,553 stipend per annum plus tuition fees at current Research Council rate for eligible UK/EU candidate
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral

How to apply

Please upload the following documents to the studentship application form

  •  CV
  •  Covering letter outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing
     to undertake this project, as well as a research training statement
  •  Research proposal of 1,000 words including the name(s) of the potential supervisors. We are particularly encouraging proposals that include a collaborative element with an external (non-academic) private, public or civil society sector organization. For 1+3 students it is recognized that this will be an outline proposal to be further developed during the first year of the studentship. To download the research proposal form please click here.
  •     2 references from referees familiar with your academic work (if your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to
  •     Verified transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying
  •     If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English (for further details, please see the University’s English language requirements).

Interviews for short listed applicants will take place from 5-9 March 2018, venue will be either Bath, Bristol or Exeter, to be confirmed post shortlisting.

The information you provide as part of your application will be shared with other institutions in the partnership for purposes of shortlisting and interviewing.Please note that, as interviews are being held across the partnership, you may not be interviewed at the institution you are applying to. The University of Exeter will hold an information day for applicants nearer the interviews, further information coming soon